Friday, July 16, 2010

Gay man recounts ‘vicious’ hate crime in D.C.

"Francisco Martin, a makeup artist who describes himself as openly gay, said one of the two attackers struck him in the face and head July 6 with a nine-inch wide sheet of plywood while the other knocked him to the ground and kicked him in the head and body," reports Lou Chibbaro Jr. "Martin said he managed to walk about three blocks to his home after the attackers stopped beating him and left the scene. He said he called 911 and police and paramedics arrived at his home within minutes. According to Martin, he declined an offer by the paramedics to take him to a hospital after the paramedics examined him and determined his injuries were not life threatening. Martin said the attackers made no attempt to rob him, a development that leads him to believe they singled him out because they believed him to be gay." READ MORE